The Most Childish States in America

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Look around your neighborhood, your city, your county, and your state. Do you think you're living in one of the youngest states in America?

The average age of all Americans is currently 37.4 years old. That doesn't sound that young, but with the older population (65 years and older) expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, to 92 million from 43.1 million, that median age will more than likely go up in the coming years.

That means older people would represent more than 1 in 5 Americans by the year 2060, up from 1 in 7 Americans in 2012.

The more dramatic increase is going to be in the number of the "oldest old" population, or those aged 85 and older. They are projected to more than triple to 18.2 million from 5.9 million. 

Why does age of the national population matter?

The U.S. Census Bureau says that focusing on a population's age is one of the most basic ways to understand population change over time. According to their projections, it is estimated that the U.S. population will be considerably older (and more racially and ethnically diverse).

Not only that, but the population is projected to grow much more slowly over the next several decades, due to lower birth rates and net international migration which means there will be less young people in this country.

So, if you're a young professional, looking to move somewhere full of excitement and other young people, you might want to consider moving to one of these 10 states.

We've compiled data from the one year estimates of the 2013 American Community Survey through the U.S. Census Bureau to come up with this list, just for you.  And we are also including the population breakdown of people under the age of 18 and people over the age 65 compliments of Bloomberg Visual Data.

Without further ado, here are the 10 states with the youngest population in America...

10. (Tied for 9th) Louisiana

Median Age: 36

% of Population Over 65: 13.1%

% of Population Under 18: 24.5%

 

9. Kansas

Median Age: 36

% of Population Over 65: 14%

% of Population Under 18: 25.2%

   

8. North Dakota

Median Age: 35.9

% of Population Over 65: 14.2%

% of Population Under 18: 22.1%

     

7. Georgia

Median Age: 35.7 

% of Population Over 65: 11.9%

% of Population Under 18: 25.3%

    

6. California

Median Age: 35.6

% of Population Over 65: 12.5%

% of Population Under 18: 24.6%

   

5. Idaho

Median Age: 35.2

% of Population Over 65: 13.8%

% of Population Under 18: 27%

     

4. Texas

Median Age: 33.9 

% of Population Over 65: 11.2%

% of Population Under 18: 27.1%

    

3. District of Columbia

Median Age: 33.7 

% of Population Over 65: 11.4%

% of Population Under 18: 17.1%

2. Alaska

Median Age: 33.5

% of Population Over 65: 8.9%

% of Population Under 18: 26%

   

1. Utah

Median Age: 29.9

% of Population Over 65: 9.7%

% of Population Under 18: 31.3%

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